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  1. Re: Diffraction. When does it really matter with LF?

    There are many rules for optimum apertures, but my favorite is: stop down until the iris appears to be about 1/4 inch in diameter when viewed through the front lens cell. This applies equally well to...
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    Re: Worthy Linhof Contenders

    I shifted to digital before ever using my MPP, but for some photographers it seems like a practical competitor to the Linhof.
  3. Thread: DIY easel

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    Re: DIY easel

    Try painting the system yellow or amber to make the image more visible and to reduce reflections from the baseboard.
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    Re: Help with enlarger transportation

    I transported an almost fully assembled 5x7 Elwood enlarger 65 miles securely strapped to a solid platform atop a '73 Volkswagen bug. Only the lamp housing, negative carrier, and lens got to ride...
  5. Re: Contact Printing Large Format negatives with a Leica Focomat V35?

    The further from the contact printing frame the lamp is, the more even the illumination is. Mounting it close to the ceiling keeps it out of the way and provides more even lighting. Check for uneven...
  6. Re: Contact Printing Large Format negatives with a Leica Focomat V35?

    Even when a photographer has an enlarger capable of providing adequate illumination for contact printing, it may be more convenient to use a simple light bulb for contact printing like Edward Weston...
  7. Re: Thoughts on the “tailboard” design for 8x10?

    My 2D came with the sliding tripod block that could be positioned anywhere along the bottom of the camera.
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    Re: Print Washing

    In the 1970s I did sports and publicity photography for a college, requiring fairly large volumes delivered in a fairly short time. Long print life wasn't important, but prompt delivery was. Consumer...
  9. Re: Which State is the Best State for Landscape Photographers to Live?

    Thank you, Tin Can, for providing proof of something I've long surmised, that there are a lot of dense people in the District of Columbia!
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    Re: Post Your Waterfalls

    Refreshingly different waterfall view.
  11. Re: Keeping the film rebate for contact prints

    I'm with Neil. Cropping the image favors the subject. Printing the rebate favors the photographer's technique. The image alone tells me more about the photographer than does the inclusion of the...
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    Re: MF (6x4.5,6x6,6x7,6x9,6x12) B&W film images sharing

    Orograph -- A fresh new look at an old subject.
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    Re: Crown Graphic w/ Missing Back Parts

    Sam -- for much online information on Graphic and Graflex cameras, go to https://graflex.org/. Another fine resource is Graphic Graflex photography by Morgan & Morgan, usually available used online....
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    Re: how to cut film in the dark?

    Cutting a wee bit from the corner of film nearest where the notches should be is another way of indicating emulsion side. We can handle film with bare hands while developing film, but clean cotton...
  15. Re: Southern California incinerator source for black-and-white negatives?

    I watched over 2000 rolls of my 35mm negatives get incinerated after perhaps a cigarette butt (not mine!) triggered a brush fire which spread to the darkroom and a neighbor's barn. Also gone was the...
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    Re: Old Things,Farms,Barns,Buildings, Plus

    The fence makes a more appropriate environment for the subject than just grass. It works well with the vignetting.
  17. Re: Light Meter for Large Format (4x5) Landscape Photography

    For several decades and many cameras, my most often used meter was a Weston Master II or equivalent. Like a Vice grip, it was rarely the perfect tool on any occasion, but it was the best wrong tool...
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    Re: Old Things,Farms,Barns,Buildings, Plus

    Alan -- A fine subject perfectly captured at just the right moment.
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    Re: Hyper Cameras

    Only 4cm front rise? Ouch!
  20. Re: How To Figure Out Subject Distance To Camera For Infinity?

    Some Depth-of-Field charts and scales on lenses are, in my opinion, too optimistic. One should check them against one's own photographs or wrestle with formulas for a reliable understanding of them...
  21. Re: How To Figure Out Subject Distance To Camera For Infinity?

    A simple and easy-to-understand way is to set the camera to a hyperfocal distance scale, use high speed film, and stop the lens well down. Unfortunately, hyperfocal distance works best for distant...
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    Re: Mat Cutter Storage

    The Dexter produces cuts as well as any other system, but with more skill required. Also Dexter blades are more expensive, but in my experience many years ago, they last much longer than razor...
  23. Re: Anything special I need to know to open the back shutter on Anniversary SG 45?

    I haven't seen this manual, but Mike Butkus is a great source for such information. His request for $3 for a download is one of the few such bargains left. One tip: before dissembling a Graphic...
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    Re: 8x10 Camera + Accessories: Advice

    I'm with Drew {Post #11). Great photographs have been made with modest equpiment. Pulitzer prize photos have even been captured with box cameras. Compare Timothy O'Sullivan's Ancient Ruins in the...
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    Re: MPP - newbie question

    I've used B&J 5x7 view cameras, usually with a 4x5 back, more than any other LF camera over several decades. It may not be elegant, but it does almost everything the more expensive cameras do. This...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    ditto!
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    Re: Advice on 4x5 compatible 5x7 field camera

    I agree with Drew Bedo in post #4. My most often used view camera for many years was a B&J tailboard 5x7 with the original back and an improvised 4x5 back. You'll need a recessed lens board to use a...
  28. Re: Carl Zeiss Perimetar and its huge flat Ziggurat rear glass blocks

    Mustapha -- All of the surfaces of the three elements in the rear group of the Perimetar type #3 lens are slightly curved. The front surface of the last element of the type #2 lens is slightly...
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    Re: Hand Held 5x7 from Kodak 33a

    Old rules of thumb are a good starting place, but each photographer should make up his own rules based on his own experience. Back in the days of 35mm Kodachrome 25 I eventually became fairly...
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    Re: Cable release thread

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    Here it is again, rescanned from my copy of the original source.
  31. Re: Is the obsession with analogue gearing an obstacle to art?

    Despite having been a computer technician in the late 1950s, I didn't get serious about digital cameras until 10 years ago. Of course the best of those old analog photos were better in some ways than...
  32. Thread: Nude

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    Re: Nude

    These are getting better and better. Thanks for posting.
  33. Re: Burke & James 8x10 geared focus rail pinion pressure ?

    The B&J 5x7 I used for many years does the same, although it wasn't noticeable when concentrating on the picture making.
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Fine capture, Peter.
  35. Re: Curvature of field and architectural photography

    It might be useful to emphasize part of the image, just as shallow DOF or controlled lighting do, but not to present the subject in the most realistic way. Realism honors the subject; surrealism...
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    Re: June Portraits

    Good one, Awty!
  37. Re: Restoring a Kodak 2D, need some split rivets... Where?

    70 years ago I used split rivets to fix harness and other leather straps. Perhaps a shop that does that work now could help you. The split rivets were quicker to use, but cylindrical copper rivets...
  38. Re: Choosing a film camera for the future... (35mm vs 4x5!)

    Today's better DSLR cameras make using older 35mm film cameras mostly a fetish. I used Leicas since 1953 and Nikon SLRs and large format most of that time, and am not merely speaking of theory. Such...
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    Re: Help me choose a camera to hike 2000+ miles

    After many decades of using Leica and Nikon 35mm cameras and a variety of press and view cameras, it seems to me that digital equipment has overwhelming advantages for a 2000 mile hike like the OP...
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    Re: safe haven for tiny formats

    Intriguing.
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